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Schoolgirl savagery: Two laughing teenagers punch 13-year-old in the face in sleepy Bury St Edmunds


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This is the horrifying moment two teenage bullies punch a 13-year-old schoolgirl in the face, drag her to the ground and beat her before laughing as they walk off.

The footage, revealed by MailOnline, shows Leah Smith desperately trying to cover her head as blows rain down upon her and she rolls around in the road.

Still dressed in her school uniform, the Year 9 student eventually picks herself up after the vicious attack, which is witnessed by several other young people.

The shocking video, which is understood to have been recorded by a third gang member, was posted on social media and quickly went viral in the usually sleepy Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds.

The footage, revealed by MailOnline, shows Leah Smith (above) desperately trying to cover her head as blows rain down upon her and she rolls around in the road

Still dressed in her school uniform, the Year 9 student eventually picks herself up after the vicious attack, which is witnessed by several other young people

Still dressed in her school uniform, the Year 9 student eventually picks herself up after the vicious attack, which is witnessed by several other young people

The shocking video, which is understood to have been recorded by a third gang member, was posted on social media and quickly went viral in the usually sleepy Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds

The shocking video, which is understood to have been recorded by a third gang member, was posted on social media and quickly went viral in the usually sleepy Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds

Leah, a pupil at St Benedict’s Catholic School, described her shock at Tuesday’s unprovoked attack while she was on her way home from school.

‘I am really angry,’ she told MailOnline. ‘I am so embarrassed by what happened.

‘I was totally ambushed. They were waiting for me after school. There was nothing I could do. They think they can get away with anything.’

Suffolk Police are investigating but told Leah and her family that the bullies – who are also 13 but go to a different school – have ‘three chances’ to hand themselves in.  

Her mother, Debbie Smith, said she identified the attackers to the police and told them they have been terrorising Bury St Edmunds for months.

The 51-year-old said: ‘The police know who these girls are, they have seen the video, but they say there is nothing they can do.

‘These girls had already sent my Leah death threats, now they beat her up. The officer told me they couldn’t just arrest them because of their age.

‘He said they had to give the girls three chances to hand themselves in before they can arrest them.

‘But if they don’t do something I am going to have sort them out myself.’

Mrs Smith added: ‘What happened to my daughter just shows how times have changed.

‘Bury St Edmunds is a wonderful town, I love it. But even here things have changed for the worse. It’s no longer the sleepy little town that people might think it is.’

Leah, a pupil at St Benedict¿s Catholic School, described her shock at Tuesday's unprovoked attack while she was on her way home from school. ¿I was totally ambushed,' she told MailOnline. 'They were waiting for me after school. There was nothing I could do'

Leah, a pupil at St Benedict’s Catholic School, described her shock at Tuesday’s unprovoked attack while she was on her way home from school. ‘I was totally ambushed,’ she told MailOnline. ‘They were waiting for me after school. There was nothing I could do’

Suffolk Police are investigating but told Leah and her family that the bullies - who are also 13 - have 'three chances' to hand themselves in

Suffolk Police are investigating but told Leah and her family that the bullies – who are also 13 – have ‘three chances’ to hand themselves in

Her mother, Debbie Smith, said she identified the attackers to the police and told them they have been terrorising Bury St Edmunds for months. The 51-year-old said: ¿The police know who these girls are, they have seen the video, but they say there is nothing they can do. ¿How bad does it have to get before the police will arrest them?'

Her mother, Debbie Smith, said she identified the attackers to the police and told them they have been terrorising Bury St Edmunds for months. The 51-year-old said: ‘The police know who these girls are, they have seen the video, but they say there is nothing they can do. ‘How bad does it have to get before the police will arrest them?’

Last night Leah was escorted home from St Benedicts by friends and vowed not to intimidated by the gang’s vile abuse and abuse.

She says was first attacked about two weeks ago by another member of the gang who pushed her to the ground and soaked her in milk and tomato sauce. 

Her older sister Chloe Collen has been so angered by the attack – and the lack of action – that she posted film of the attack on her Facebook page in an attempt to force Suffolk Police to act.

Sister Chloe wrote: ‘Absolutely fuming! This is a video of my 13-year-old sister getting assaulted by two girls. This happened … after school.

‘We’ve been sitting in the dark about this for to [sic] long now. They’ve been bullying her for a while.

‘You can even hear girls laughing in the background and the fact it was recorded for people’s “entertainment” is f****** shocking.

‘Nobody even stopped to help. I literally don’t care what anyone says, this video needs to be shared.’

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman told MailOnline they are investigating the incident but admitted no one has been arrested or questioned about the attack.

Her older sister Chloe Collen has been so angered by the attack ¿ and the lack of action ¿ that she posted film of the attack on her Facebook page in an attempt to force Suffolk Police to act

Her older sister Chloe Collen has been so angered by the attack – and the lack of action – that she posted film of the attack on her Facebook page in an attempt to force Suffolk Police to act

St Benedict's headteacher Imogen Senior told MailOnline she was aware of the incident and staff and pupils have offered Leah their support

St Benedict’s headteacher Imogen Senior told MailOnline she was aware of the incident and staff and pupils have offered Leah their support

She said: ‘We are aware of the video circulating on social media and can confirm that we are investigating.

‘The incident occurred between 3.45pm and 3.55pm on Tuesday 3 December in Bury St Edmunds when a 13-year-old teenage girl was assaulted by two other teenage girls.

‘Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact Suffolk Police.’

St Benedict’s headteacher Imogen Senior told MailOnline she was aware of the incident and staff and pupils have offered Leah their support.

‘We are aware of an incident being dealt with by police where one of our students was the victim,’ she said. ‘This is obviously a serious concern for us.’

 

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